Behind the Candelabra Reviews

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August 20, 2019
Refreshingly frank and undoubtedly entertaining, it doesn't even matter that it follows the general rhythm of many a biopic, as it features two fascinating and unforgettable lead performances.
March 16, 2019
With Liberace, Michael Douglas straddles the fine line between honouring the obvious effete persona of the famous pianist, without caricaturing him.
February 22, 2019
Although Behind the Candelabra may be Soderbergh's swan song, it's an uncanny resurrection of the creature that was Liberace.
September 5, 2018
Yes. It is fabulous. No other word for it, unless that word is "glorious."
August 22, 2018
Certainly an interesting film well played and a cautionary tale for those seeking fame and fortune or it's off cuts.
April 4, 2018
Douglas brings a preening, nervous energy to a performance that may well prove to be the best of his career...
October 31, 2017
... a saga that somehow manages to synthesize a satisfyingly salacious showbiz tell-all, a decidedly toxic gay romance, and a cautionary parable about the possibilities and limitations of the flesh.
October 31, 2017
Behind The Candelabra doesn't end happily and doesn't always hold our attention but it's a fascinating reminder of an extraordinary, larger-than-life character who seems recent but who, without this, would already be fast disappearing from memory.
September 5, 2017
Light but not slight, it is ultimately tender and sensationally acted, with both stars giving career-topping turns.
August 18, 2017
If his private fishbowl was constricting, Liberace countered it by the magnificence of his stage persona, the showmanship outweighing the secrecy.
June 27, 2014
As deeply entertaining and creative as it is socially enlightening.
February 11, 2014
Douglas seems to be having fun playing such a flaming swishy character and hams it up.
September 26, 2013
Douglas made his name playing powerful, morally questionable men, and this is a clever addition to the canon.
September 25, 2013
Michael Douglas transforms himself into the Las Vegas entertainer with style and, most of all, believability. Liberace was larger-than-life to say the least, and it would be easy to go the SNL route with a character by painting him with broad strokes.
September 18, 2013
Soderbergh and LaGravenese go deep beneath this voyeuristic fascination with wealth, fame, and the secret lives of celebrities.
September 5, 2013
One of [Soderbergh's] strengths is in the way he subverts traditional narratives and finds interesting moments that other directors wouldn't think twice about.
August 20, 2013
Crammed with garish decor, wild costumes and some unapologetically affected central performances, the final chapter in the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace gets a feisty, full-bodied treatment here.
August 4, 2013
With a lovely musical score by Marvin Hamlisch and Douglas and Damon perfectly comfortable with, you know, the gay thing, this is less surprising in its depiction of Liberace as a rampant queen than its authorised view of him as a complete bastard.
July 29, 2013
Michael Douglas turns in a charming performance as Liberace.
July 26, 2013
Behind the Candelabra is a fascinating peek into the secret life of an icon; the sad (reportedly) last hurrah of a cinematic maverick and proof that Douglas and Damon are fabulous.
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